Jess Collins was an important and influential painter & collage artist who had a defining role in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene during the latter portion of the 20th century. “He was the essential San Francisco artist,” said Harry Parker, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, who was well acquainted with the artist. “His political views and his quirky artistic style, his association with the poetry scene, his advocacy of gay rights — all the issues that came into his work were so representative of the San Francisco perspective. Only here could you imagine work like his being made.”
Many of Jess‘ collages and paintings are thematically tied to chemistry, alchemy, and the occult.Collins has also created elaborate collage constructions using illustrations from old books & comic strips, particularly Dick Tracy.